Early Ousmane Sembène Film Series: Xala

Two Senegalese women sit and talk indoors. One wears bright yellow traditional dress and headdress; the other wears a black tank top, hoop earrings, and sunglasses
Sunday, November 12, 2023 - 2:00pm to 4:15pm
Humanities Quadrangle, L01
320 York Street
New Haven, CT 06511
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Xala (Ousmane Sembène, 1975, DCP, 123 mins)

In a fiery critique of the new African bourgeoisie, a corrupt local bigshot falls prey to an inconvenient xala (curse) on his wedding night. “The jokes and details are delightful, yet there’s real anger behind them, and it bursts spectacularly into view in the concluding frames” (Geoff Andrew). In Wolof and French with English subtitles. DCP from Janus Films.

The series “Early Ousmane Sembène: The First Films from the Father of African Cinema” is presented by the Yale Film Archive and the Whitney Humanities Center in celebration of the centenary of Sembène’s birth.